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Texas rallies to beat Texas Tech 61-52 in Big 12 opener

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Texas coach Shaka Smart drove home a very simple point to his players in the halftime locker room Wednesday night: If they didn't turn things around in a hurry, their season was over.

''When he said that,'' Texas guard Kerwin Roach Jr. said later, ''everyone's flip switched.''

Andrew Jones proceeded to pour in 15 points, Roach had all 13 of his after the break and the No. 10 seed Longhorns rallied past No. 7 seed Texas Tech 61-52 in the opening round of the Big 12 Tournament.

They'll play No. 11 West Virginia in the quarterfinals on Thursday night.

''I thought the second half, our guys really made a decision - the last 10 minutes or so - just to be aggressive and attack,'' Smart said. ''I told those guys, I said, `What do you have to lose? You have nothing to lose. We have a great opportunity to attack. The game is not over.'''

Not by a longshot.

Jarrett Allen also had 10 points for the Longhorns (11-21), who were abysmal from beyond the arc for 35 minutes, only to heat up when it mattered most. And that was enough to send a team that had lost seven straight, a bunch of them in close fashion, to a win that extended its season.

''We really dug in and started playing harder, you know?'' Jones said. ''One more degree.''

Keenan Evans had 11 points and Anthony Livingston and Matthew Temple scored 10 apiece for the Red Raiders (18-14), whose NCAA Tournament hopes have evaporated over the past few weeks.

The Red Raiders lost four of their last five in the regular season, including a double-overtime loss to the Mountaineers and an overtime loss to Iowa State. But a deep run in the Big 12 Tournament just might have been enough to rescue coach Chris Beard's team on Selection Sunday.

For about 35 minutes, it looked as if the Red Raiders were on their way.

They built a 12-point lead late in the first half and carried a 26-20 lead into the break. But the Longhorns began to methodically chop into it, closing within 37-31 on a deep 3-pointer by Mareik Isom with 12:45 to go - to that point, the Longhorns had been just 1 for 16 from beyond the arc.

Texas Tech answered with back-to-back baskets, but Texas proceeded to rip off a 16-2 charge over the next six minutes that gave the Longhorns their first lead of the game.

''They executed in the last 10 minutes of the game,'' Temple said, ''and we didn't.''

Roach began the run with a dunk, curled in back-to-back 3s a few minutes later, added a couple of free throws and then converted an alley-oop dunk that forced Texas Tech to call timeout.

It didn't do much to shift the momentum.

Isom answered a couple quick baskets by Texas Tech with his second 3-pointer to make it 52-48 with 2 1/2 minutes left and, after a shot clock violation, Jones scored to give Texas a cushion.

The Longhorns took care of the rest from the foul line.

''There's only one team in college basketball that ends with a win, that's on a Monday night in April,'' Beard said. ''So as disappointing as our ending is, the bottom line is it's an ending.

BIG PICTURE

Texas looked like an entirely different team in the closing minutes, hitting three of its final four 3-pointers. Then, a 16-for-20 performance from the foul line helped the Longhorns clinch the win.

Texas Tech shot just 36 percent from the field, went 5 of 19 from beyond the arc and struggled to get to the foul line. The Red Raiders only attempted eight foul shots in the game.

UP NEXT

Texas gets ready for the second-seeded Mountaineers.

Texas Tech wonders whether it is headed to the NIT next week.

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Key Players
J. Allen
Z. Smith
31.5 Min. Per Game 31.5
12.3 Pts. Per Game 12.3
1.4 Ast. Per Game 1.4
7.2 Reb. Per Game 7.2
57.2 Field Goal % 50.7
0.0 Three Point % 39.5
56.8 Free Throw % 65.7
+ 2 Justin Gray made dunk 5.0
  Offensive rebound by Justin Gray 5.0
  Aaron Ross missed 3-pt. jump shot 7.0
  Offensive rebound by Justin Gray 17.0
  Shadell Millinghaus missed 3-pt. jump shot 19.0
+ 2 Andrew Jones made dunk 24.0
  Lost ball turnover on Keenan Evans, stolen by Texas 27.0
+ 1 Andrew Jones made 2nd of 2 free throws 35.0
+ 1 Andrew Jones made 1st of 2 free throws 35.0
  Personal foul on Niem Stevenson 35.0
  Full timeout called 40.0
Team Stats
Points 61 52
Field Goals 20-50 (40.0%) 21-59 (35.6%)
3-Pointers 5-23 (21.7%) 5-19 (26.3%)
Free Throws 16-20 (80.0%) 5-8 (62.5%)
Total Rebounds 36 34
Offensive 7 10
Defensive 24 21
Team 5 3
Assists 5 11
Steals 5 4
Blocks 3 1
Turnovers 9 7
Fouls 16 20
Technicals 0 0
15 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST
11 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Texas 11-21 204161
home team logo Texas Tech 18-14 262652
Team Stats
away team logo Texas 11-21 76.5 PPG 44.3 RPG 15.0 APG
home team logo Texas Tech 18-14 76.7 PPG 42.7 RPG 17.3 APG
Key Players
1
A. Jones G 1.5 PPG 1.0 RPG 0.5 APG 0.0 FG%
00
K. Evans G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
A. Jones G 15 PTS 5 REB 4 AST
K. Evans G 11 PTS 4 REB 2 AST
40.0 FG% 35.6
21.7 3PT FG% 26.3
80.0 FT% 62.5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
A. Jones 32 15 5 4 1 0 2 1 4/11 1/6 6/7 0 5
K. Roach Jr. 29 13 4 0 1 0 3 4 4/8 2/4 3/5 1 3
J. Allen 34 10 4 1 0 1 0 3 2/9 0/1 6/6 1 3
S. Cleare 18 2 2 0 1 1 0 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 2 0
E. Davis Jr. 15 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0/3 0/3 0/0 0 2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
A. Jones 32 15 5 4 1 0 2 1 4/11 1/6 6/7 0 5
K. Roach Jr. 29 13 4 0 1 0 3 4 4/8 2/4 3/5 1 3
J. Allen 34 10 4 1 0 1 0 3 2/9 0/1 6/6 1 3
S. Cleare 18 2 2 0 1 1 0 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 2 0
E. Davis Jr. 15 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0/3 0/3 0/0 0 2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Yancy 26 8 6 0 2 0 0 2 4/5 0/0 0/0 2 4
M. Isom 17 7 2 0 0 0 0 2 2/5 2/5 1/2 0 2
J. Banks 10 4 4 0 0 1 2 2 2/2 0/0 0/0 1 3
J. Young 19 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 1/6 0/4 0/0 0 2
R. McClurg - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Hobbs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Schwartz - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Mack - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 61 31 5 5 3 9 16 20/50 5/23 16/20 7 24
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Evans 34 11 4 2 0 0 2 1 5/12 1/4 0/0 1 3
M. Temple 19 10 0 1 0 0 1 4 4/4 2/2 0/1 0 0
Z. Smith 31 6 6 1 1 0 1 4 3/10 0/2 0/0 4 2
J. Gray 17 2 4 1 0 0 0 1 1/7 0/0 0/1 2 2
S. Millinghaus 11 2 1 2 3 0 0 1 1/3 0/1 0/0 0 1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Evans 34 11 4 2 0 0 2 1 5/12 1/4 0/0 1 3
M. Temple 19 10 0 1 0 0 1 4 4/4 2/2 0/1 0 0
Z. Smith 31 6 6 1 1 0 1 4 3/10 0/2 0/0 4 2
J. Gray 17 2 4 1 0 0 0 1 1/7 0/0 0/1 2 2
S. Millinghaus 11 2 1 2 3 0 0 1 1/3 0/1 0/0 0 1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
A. Livingston 20 10 1 1 0 0 1 1 4/10 2/5 0/0 0 1
N. Stevenson 27 6 8 1 0 1 1 5 2/7 0/3 2/2 1 7
A. Ross 24 4 3 1 0 0 0 1 1/5 0/2 2/2 1 2
D. Thomas 16 1 4 1 0 0 1 1 0/1 0/0 1/2 1 3
T. Brandsma 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
N. Odiase - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Sorrells - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 52 31 11 4 1 7 20 21/59 5/19 5/8 10 21